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By: Aj Mansour | KFAN.com
Minneapolis, MN - The long road to recovery for Minnesota Vikings linebacker Desmond Bishop came to an abrupt stop Sunday afternoon against the Carolina Panthers. Meeting the media for his wrap up press conference to close out week six, Frazier mentioned that Bishop had torn the ACL in his right knee and would miss the rest of the season after undergoing reconstructive knee surgery.
Bishop signed with the Minnesota Vikings during the offseason after being released by the Green Bay Packers. His horrific leg injury during the preseason in 2012 had spelled the end of his career and kicked off the long road to recovery which culminated in a highlight day against the Panthers before it all ended tragically. Ironically, Bishop made his first start for the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday bringing his recovery from the last injury full circle. Solid play and explosive opportunities had left Bishop looking to secure the starting job on the right side of the Vikings defense for the rest of the season.
Due to Desmond's injury history and his age, the thought of this injury ending his career is a very real one.
"I can definitely relate to what he's facing," Coach Frazier, who's own playing career ended after tearing a knee ligament, said. "We're hoping that it's not a career ending injury. He's a good football player, a super young man as well. He's got some work ahead of him, but we've seen through Adrian it's possible to get back, and not only get back but come back and play well. He has a good frame of mind. He knows what's ahead of him. He's been injured before and he's going to work as hard as he can to come back and hopefully that will happen for him."
No date has been set on Bishop's surgery but he will miss the remainder of the 2013 season.